AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy
BA SCORE
4.16/5
1,231 Ratings
AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic Scotch Ale. Scotch ales are typically sweet and malty, with a very subdued dose of hops– just enough to provide balance. AleSmith Wee Heavy is a wonderful interpretation of this traditional Scotch style.

Added by Jason on 04-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,441
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,231
pDev:
9.13%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
210
Gots:
251
Trade:
13
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,231 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of 4thmedbn
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at cellar temp in a tulip courtesy of Andrewinski1.

A - Just shy of black. The only indication that it's not black comes in the form of the deepest, most rich, dark ruby where the light manages to pierce the void.

S - Really nice notes of chocolate, and dark fruits. Think cherry and vinous character. The nose isn't as big as you might expect form a beer of this ABV, but I always respect when a brewer can be subtle .

T - Again, it's a delicate flavor profile, considering the style. Most examples of the Wee Heavy that I've come across are cloying, and crazily malt dominant. And while I do like some big malt character, again, I respect the restraint. Toffee, caramel, slight bit of vanilla, and definitely some chocolate. A little warming, but it's not hot by any means. This bottle has a year on it, so I can't speak for fresh examples, but it's nice and mellow. Finishes with a lot of toffee, raisins, and figs. It's delicate, but still boozy and rich.

M - Full mouthfeel, very smooth. Very low carbonation level. Once again, a big beer that shows a lot of artistry in its execution. This beer isn't chewy, seems fairly well attenuated, without seeming lean.

O - Really impressed with this beer. Love a beer that can be subtle and big at the same time. Reminds me of Kate the Great from Portsmouth Brewery in that way. Lots of delicate, fruity, malty notes. Boozy, without being cloying or requiring a fork and knife to aid in ingesting it. Really top notch stuff.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a thin, fine, tan head that leaves a slight lace. Rich smell of malt with strong carmel and nice coffee and chocolate notes. Initially tastes very malty with gentle sweetness and light smoke and chocolate with a hint of licorice. Aftertaste is nicely balanced with a nice hop bitterness and malty flavor that is medium lived and clean. Full bodied mouthfeel with slightly alcoholic finish - less alcoholic than you might expect for a 10% beer. Syruppy, heavy, dense, and smooth. This is a very tasty beer. It stands up well on its own or try it with something rich like beef wellington or a rich chocolate dessert.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottled in June 2013 poured into a tulip.

A: Chocolate brown color bordering on black. Carbonation is not evident immediately upon pouring, but makes itself known within 30 seconds with a brilliant pillowy 1/4-inch head. Lacing is average.

S: Toffee, smoke, biscuit malt, and caramel. Very malt-forward nose with almost no hoppy notes present.

T: A very complex, yet well-balanced beer. Caramel and toffee sweetness are at the forefront with smoke and stone fruit in the background. I was surprised at the hoppiness of the beer. It's definitely not a Pale Ale, but they managed to get just enough earthy hops in there to balance out the sweet notes of the beer. Exceptionally balanced.

M: Amazing. It's definitely a heavy beer without being syrupy. It's an easy-drinking 10-percenter.

O: I'm a big fan of this beer. It's probably AleSmith's most balanced offering. It's malty and sweet without being cloyingly so. It's a high ABV beer without being syrupy. The taste profile is really complex, yet everything works in harmony. This is one seriously underrated beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mugenlude
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Nose: Not big, fresh baked dark bread crust, plum, raisins and dark sugar.
Very dark but brilliant ruby tinged chestnut under a 2" very finely bubbled foam cap that descends to a thick, clingy film. Rouses easy, lacy and has legs.
Palate: A surprisingly interesting, subtle and balanced flavor profile for a beer so big and bold. Begins with rich malt with dark caramel to toffee, a suggestion of dark fruit such as plums and raisins and a light hop finish. Faint smoke.
Chewy, exceptionally creamy. medium low carbonation but very soft with a very fine bead. Some warming but not a lot for such a big beer.

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Photo of Kurt92118
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of tt_andy
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is good. gets batter as it warms

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Photo of kirkse
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of TommyLiam
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Betolito
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of gordo7
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of gshak
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Grant35
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of KGilmour
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rothobinide
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of OldSock
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark brown with deep red highlights. A thin off-white head that falls to a thin coating along with a massive sheet of lacing that paints my glass like whitewash.

Smell – The pungent dark fruits and smokiness cannot conceal the 9.5% abv completely, but they try. There are also chocolate notes in the nose, very nice.

Taste – Strong malts, smoke and dark fruits mingle together. Really no hop presence except for a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. The alcohol is completely obscured in the taste while the beer is still at cellar temp, but I start to notice its taste and effect as I work down the huge bottle.

Mouthfeel – Delicious smooth-full body, more the mouthfeel of a strong stout than a Scotch Ale. The carbonation is a bit brisk for my preference, but this is less a problem as I am taking my time enjoying this fine beer.

Drinkability – Alesmith Wee Heavy is certainly the best domestic Scotch Ale that I have had, and good enough to be in the same category with the best Scotland has to offer. Glad I saved the big bottle for a night I had nothing else to do, as the abv will probably destroy me, but with this beer its well worth it. I wish I had bought a second bottle when I had the chance to put down for a year…damn.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,231 ratings
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